As your home’s first line of defense, your roof can sustain a significant amount of damage over time. Therefore, the time will eventually come when you’ll need to get it repaired and replaced. However, getting a roof fixed or replaced is a home improvement project that can cost a significant amount to complete. As such, you should know what are the factors that can affect the total cost of your project. That way, you can properly plan your budget to get the job done without a hitch.
Here are four factors you should keep in mind:
1. Roof Access
Believe it or not, the access that your contractor has to your roof can affect the overall pricing of your roofing project. For instance, if your roof is hard to get to, you can expect the price of your roofing project to be higher than usual. This is because, if your roof is difficult to access, your contractors will need to use specialized equipment and consume more time to get the job done. Alternatively, if your roof is easy to get to, they’ll need less time and equipment to repair or replace the roof, greatly reducing the overall cost in the process.
2. Roof Slope
The pitch of your roof is important in determining the cost of your roofing project. This is due to two different reasons. 1) If your roof has a pitch that’s 6:12 or higher, it’s considered to be unwalkable and will require greater staging, safety and labor to properly service, resulting in higher costs. 2) The roof pitch can also determine the type of underlayment that can be installed on your roof, which can also vary in cost and affect the total price of your project.
3. Roofing Material
Of course, depending on the type of material you choose to install on your roof, your roof repair or replacement project can also be lower or higher than expected. This is because not only are there significant differences between the types of roofing materials available on the market that can affect their pricing, but also because some materials require specialized equipment to be installed on your home, potentially increasing or decreasing the project costs in the process.
4. Additional Components
When homeowners are having their roofs replaced, some tend to think that it’s only the shingles that will be replaced. However, while there are some instances when you only need to replace the shingles, this isn’t always the case as you might also need to have the underlayment, ventilation and insulation replaced when you’re having your roof serviced to ensure that it remains in good condition. This can result in additional costs for your roofing project.